Ball Aerospace completes last phase of $75M manufacturing expansion

By: Steve Monday January 28, 2013 0 comments Tags: Ball Aerospace, Boulder, David L. Taylor

BOULDER - Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. (NYSE: BLL) has completed a 90,000-square-foot expansion of an advanced satellite manufacturing center that more than doubles its current spacecraft production capability, the company announced.Ball logo

The $75 million expansion is designed to accommodate larger and more sophisticated satellites and simultaneous spacecraft builds to fulfill new NASA and Department of Defense contracts.

The expansion includes improvements underway since 2005 at Ball's Fisher Integration Facility, at 1600 Commerce St. in Boulder and follows the opening of expanded facilities at Ball's Westminster manufacturing center in 2011.

"Ball Aerospace plays a vital role on many of our nation's most critical programs and is committed to meeting customer mission needs for decades to come," said David L. Taylor, Ball Aerospace president and CEO.

"The expansion we proudly unveil today also affirms our commitment to growing Colorado's dynamic aerospace economy."

The expanded Boulder manufacturing complex includes a 60 percent increase in clean room space, state-of-the-art environmental testing systems and build-out capacity for a larger thermal vacuum chamber to test spacecraft.

Ball Aerospace has more than 2,800 employees and reported sales of $784 million in 2011.

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